Interview with Angelo Dundee
QUESTION 13
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Tell me what you would like to tell me about Muhammad Ali, anything that I haven't asked you about.

ANGELO DUNDEE:

Muhammad Ali was the greatest thing that ever happened to boxing. He changed the whole concept.


LOUIS MASSIAH:

Remember where you were? Start over again.

ANGELO DUNDEE:

See, you can always repeat honesty, never bullshit.


LOUIS MASSIAH:

Tell me.

ANGELO DUNDEE:

Muhammad Ali is probably the greatest thing that ever happened to boxing. It was a thrill for me to be involved with him from the beginning. It was so interesting. So good, you know, there's a, a young man, the, the greatest time I had with Muhammad was from '60 to '64, a development nuturing talent, fighting certain guys, preparing, ah, licking adversity, ah, it was such a big kick. But see what I nutured was making him available. The media always could have him. We used to attack press conferences. Because let me tell you, without the media, without that camera, without that radio, we're dead city. You guys want to talk to us, God love you. He did the greatest thing for boxing of all time because he was the most available super star of our era. You guys got to talk to the man. You want to speak to Muhammad, bang, talk to him. Put him in another room. And this is what something that I feel good about. Because he, prior to that, you couldn't talk to a fighter. You had to go through the press guy, the mother-in-law, the father-in-law, the sister-in-law, the brother-in-law, the seconds, the trainers, then you got to talk to the fighter. That's not right. You got to speak to the star. The star was Muhammad Ali. And I was just happy to be there on the sidelines helping him.